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Getting Transit-Oriented Development Right December 5, 2012 Co-sponsored by Coalition for Smarter Growth & Envision Prince George’s Community Action Team for Transit Oriented Development. Acknowledgements.

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Getting Transit-Oriented

Development Right

December 5, 2012

Co-sponsored by

Coalition for Smarter Growth &Envision Prince George’s Community Action Team for Transit Oriented Development

acknowledgements
Acknowledgements
  • Observations on Prince George’s County development review process based on consulting work performed for M-NCPPC by White & Smith and PB PlaceMaking
  • General observations come from 25+ of local government planning & development review experience
  • Do not necessary represent MDP position
overview
Overview

Prince George’s County has

  • a long history of excellent, cutting edge land use planning
  • a diversity of landscapes and economic conditions to plan and regulate
  • an informed and engaged electorate
  • a responsive local government
overview general plan
Overview –General Plan
  • Development Pattern
    • Tiers
    • Corridors
    • Centers
  • Land development policies
    • Transportation
    • Public Facilities
    • Economic Development
    • Housing
    • Revitalization
overview master sector plans
Overview -Master & SectorPlans
  • The General Plan has been amended numerous times through Area Master Plans and Sector Plans.
  • Contain specific, locally generated strategies to develop and revitalize a community
  • Development standards often embedded in plans
  • May require use of floating zones to implement the plan
overview zoning subdivision
Overview -Zoning & Subdivision
  • Like the federal tax code, the County’s Zoning & Subdivision regulations have been amended over the years and could use some trimming.
overview zoning subdivision1
Overview -Zoning & Subdivision
  • The County’s processes to establish zoning districts and receive site plan approval can be confusing and cumbersome, especially to the general public.
  • The County’s regulations have a variety of approval and appeal authorities
development review objectives
Development ReviewObjectives
  • Predictability in the Process
  • Scalability in the Process
  • Equitable Treatment to the Applicant and the Public
  • Certainty in Decision‐Making
  • Consistency of the Regulation
  • Efficiently Implements the General Plan’s Land Use Policies
development review tenets
Development Review Tenets
  • Have regulations that clearly define responsibilities, standards and procedures
  • Where possible consolidate procedures, zoning districts, uses and responsibilities
  • Where possible delegate responsibility
  • Establish review criteria and guidelines
  • Allow flexibility and alternative approaches
essence of development review by both public and applicant
Essence of Development ReviewBy both Public and Applicant

The Challenge is Finding the Right Balance